The Public Health Power Hour from Vital Strategies looks at how the world around us shapes our health, and how we can shape our environments so that everyone, everywhere has the potential for great health.
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Harm Reduction and the Overdose Crisis in Puerto Rico
After attending the National Harm Reduction Conference in San Puerto Rico, Gloria Malone of the Overdose Prevention Program chats with two Puerto Rican harm reduction advocates. Tanagra and Carla share their insights on what Harm Reduction in Puerto Rico looks like and the unique challenges and work they are doing to save and improve lives in Puerto Rico.
This show features:
Carla Correa, Coalición de Coaliciones Tanagra Melgarejo, National Learning and Engagement Strategist at the National Harm Reduction Coalition Moderator: Gloria Malone, Digital Strategist, Senior Manager, Overdose Prevention Program, Vital Strategies
What If Childhood Lead Poisoning was a Global Priority?
Globally, one in three children –up to 800 million–have blood lead levels that are higher than deemed safe by the World Health Organization. Despite clear evidence of harm, many countries do not have sufficient capacity to monitor or regulate lead and protect their people from widespread exposure.In this episode, we discuss how lead affects children and their families, why lead poisoning prevention been overlooked by governments and what solutions there are to reduce toxic lead exposure.
This show features:
- Drew McCartor, Executive Director, Pure Earth;
- Dr. Lynn Panganiban, Technical Consultant of Pure Earth -Philippines and Toxicology Consultant of the National Poison Management and Control Center, Philippine General Hospital, UP-Manila;
- Daniel Kass, Senior Vice President of Environmental, Climate and Urban Health, Vital Strategies
Food for Thought—What We Don't Know About the Food We Eat
It’s not news that what we eat has a huge impact on our overall health. What’s not commonly known is that 8 million deaths are associated with poor diet –accounting for 19% of non-communicable disease deaths. Increasingly, ultra-processed foods and beverages have become readily available and have dramatically changed the way people eat, resulting in diets that are much less healthy. Our panelists discuss: What are ultra-processed foods and beverages? What harm do these products cause? What policies have been effective in addressing ultra-processed foods? Do front-of-package nutrient labels work? In the case of front-of-package labels in Brazil and Argentina, how was progress achieved? What were some of the lessons learned?
This show features:
- Trish Cotter, Global Lead, Food Policy Program, Vital Strategies
- Tainá de Almeida Costa, Communication Program Manager, Brazil, Food Policy Program, Vital Strategies
- Steve Hamill, Vice President Policy, Advocacy and Communication, Vital Strategies
Does UNGA Matter?
UNGA, the United Nations General Assembly, sets policy for the United Nations. As we face generational challenges—rebuilding public health post-COVID, climate change, political instability—the successes and challenges of this global coordinating mechanism have come into focus.
In this episode of the Public Health Power Hour we discuss“Does UNGA Matter?” and cover highlights from the United Nations General Assembly in New York over the past week.
This episode features staff from our Policy Advocacy and Communication team at Vital Strategies, including:
-Stephen Hamill, Vice President
-Rebecca Perl, Vice President, Partnerships and Initiatives
-Nandita Murukutla, Vice President, Global Policy and Research
Best of the Public Health Power Hour
Over the past year, the Public Health Power Hour podcast has featured leading voices in the public health space.
In this special episode, Sandra Mullin, Senior Vice President, and Steve Hamill, Vice President of our Policy Advocacy and Communication team, reflect on segments from their favorite episodes in a roundup of moments you shouldn't miss on the state and future of public health.
Issues covered include social reform and public health, vaccine equity, the toll of racism on health in American and women leadership in public health.
Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Health
In her new book, Under the Skin:The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation, award-winning writer Linda Villarosa argues that any effort to close the gap in health outcomes must also address the structural racism that underpins the U.S. health care system.
She points to the adverse impact historical myths about Black bodies have had on policymaking and the way care is delivered. She displays the forces in the American health care system and in American society that cause Black people to “live sicker and die quicker” compared to their white counterparts.
In a conversation with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Villarosa discusses these and other issues her book brings to the fore, highlighting their relationship to the racial disparity still evident in our healthcare system and what can be done to address the resulting inequity and institutional racism.
This episode features:
Linda Villarosa, Author and Journalist Dr. Mary T. Bassett, New York State Commissioner of Health The discussion was moderated by Sandra Mullin, Senior Vice President, Policy Advocacy and Communication, Vital Strategies